Syreeta A. McTier, Ph.D., is a leader, researcher, and educator with 20 years of experience in education. For the past 9 years, Dr. McTier has proudly served as the assistant principal at Smoke Rise Elementary School. During this time, Dr. McTier has played an integral role in collaborating with the principal, teachers, staff, students, and parents to improve student growth and achievement. Dr. McTier’s work is guided by the mission to provide all students with a high-quality education in a caring environment characterized by high expectations and support for all students. As such, Dr. McTier provides direct assistance to instructional staff to effectively align curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Additionally, Dr. McTier works with teachers to analyze data to improve instruction and motivate students to meet and exceed their learning goals. Dr. McTier also encourages family engagement by hosting parent meetings to help parents understand state standards, assessments, and instructional resources.